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Turf City becomes The Grandstand

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By Aimee Chan
8 October 2012 12:39 PMUpdated 08 Oct 2012

Turf City becomes The Grandstand

An artist's impression of the facade

The development formerly known as Turf City Shopping Mall is now The Grandstand and almost fully tenanted with many outlets open to paying customers. At almost two million square feet, the vast space now houses tenants to suit every type of need; from beauty to sports to children’s services and restaurants. Plus, there are plenty of free carpark spots.

 

Quiet but steady change

Businesses are moving in to take advantage of this rare combination of space.  

Family-run Ristorante Da Valentino, for example, has chosen to uproot from its former neighbourhood in Rifle Range Road. While the new restaurant hasn’t increased in seating capacity, diners are no longer sitting on top of each other.

Another artist impression of The Grandstand | Photo: The Grandstand

 

What to expect

The North and South Grandstands will have six and seven storeys of lifestyle services.

The Grandstand Car Mall remains with 150 showrooms selling a total of 3,800 used cars. The Grandstand aspires to be the leading lifestyle hub in the Bukit Timah area, so they have been selective in their collection of retailers and restaurants. The Grandstand's CEO, Benson Tan, believes that the combination of kids, sports and fitness, food and beverage, automotive and retail facilities will make it a winning attraction.

 

Not all new faces

Many of the key lifestyle names have remained – Fidgets children’s indoor play centre, Giant hypermarket and Sky Gym are all still here.

Joining the likes of the already operational Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant, football facility Premier Pitch, wine shop La Benaton, Latte E Miele gelato and Gim Sports, will be two Tung Lok restaurants, Omakase Burger, Magic Fiddler music school, Pies & Coffee and Twelve Cupcakes. Many of these have signed on but premises are currently unopened. They are expected to be operational by the end of the year.

Newer tenants have been moving in – in the last few days bespoke cake shop ET Artisan Sweets, Flair Nails and Cuban bar Ocio have opened their doors for business. Several children-related businesses are expected to also open in November including MindChamps and The Kiddiewinkle Place.

 

Big space(s) for big groups

In addition, The Grandstand has several large outdoor spaces in which they hope to host large events. This added drawcard provides another option to attract large crowds, especially as the Bukit Timah location makes for a welcome change from battling the traffic of destinations such as Fort Canning and Kallang.

Already 75 per cent of the space at The Grandstand has been tenanted, and landlord Cogent Land Capital Pte Ltd is optimistic the rest will be filled by the end of December 2012. Whether it has the ability to truly succeed as a lifestyle destination in the same manner as Dempsey Hill, we’ll just have to wait and see.

 

The Grandstand | Address: 200 Turf Club Road | Tel: 64655393

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